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Scenes from the Goodreads book swap with Kogi BBQ at Book Soup

August 16, 2009 |  2:44 pm

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If you weren't at Book Soup yesterday afternoon, you missed the Goodreads book swap. The social-networking-through-books website provided tables where people brought books to give away -- and where they gathered to take away books left by others -- all free of charge. That's Otis Chandler, Goodreads' founder, above left in the white T-shirt; he picked up a couple of James Bond books.

Those who were patient enough to wait in line for 45 minutes or more got lunch -- for a reasonable price -- from the Kogi BBQ taco truck, which set up shop in Book Soup's back parking lot.

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A DJ booth behind the truck kept those waiting in line entertained, if not entirely distracted from their grumbling stomachs.

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The Bauers came from Burbank. Steven, left, picked up a copy of the 1975 bestseller "Shogun" by James Clavell, while Lauren, right, got a copy of "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle," a 2008 Oprah book club selection. Claire, center, came for the tacos.

More swap scenes after the jump.

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To get in line or not to get in line? That is the question.

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While Book Soup was open, as usual, with books for sale, people focused on the outdoor tables; it's hard to beat free. Below, friends share their scores.

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-- Carolyn Kellogg

All photos by Carolyn Kellogg

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